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The German Cancer Research Center is the largest biomedical research institution in Germany. With more than 3,000 employees, we operate an extensive scientific program in the field of cancer research.

A PhD position is available at the DKFZ in the Division of Mechanisms Regulating Gene Expression headed by Michaela Frye.

Job description:

Applications are invited for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Fellowship funded as part of Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Networks, under the European Commission’s H2020 Programme “ROPES”. The goal of ROPES is to decipher the role of RNA modifications in human diseases. This European training network offers PhD positions for 36 months. The training program will include research training in the Frye group with regular exchange between laboratories in the network, and it includes additional training courses and webinars.


Applicants are required to undertake transnational mobility and move from another country to Germany when taking up the appointment. At the time of recruitment, the ESR must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of appointment.

To be considered an ESR, at the time of recruitment the candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate (typically a MSc degree).

Applicants must have a diploma (or obtain a diploma before their employment starts) granting access to doctoral studies (typically a MSc degree).

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English at a level that is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

Research experience required in human genetics and cell biology is required for this project. You will work with data from cutting edge sequencing technologies, and therefore a strong statistical background will be beneficial.

We offer:

  • Interesting, versatile workplace
  • International, attractive working environment
  • Campus with modern state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • Access to international research networks
  • Doctoral student payment including social benefits
  • Flexible working hours
  • Comprehensive training and mentoring program through the Helmholtz International Graduate School

Earliest Possible Start Date: as soon as possible

Duration: The position is limited to 3 years. ​​

Application Deadline: 05.02.2021


Dr. Michaela Frye
Phone +49 6221/42-4165

Please note that we do not accept applications submitted via email.

The DKFZ is committed to increase the proportion of women in all areas and positions in which women are underrepresented. Qualified female applicants are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Among candidates of equal aptitude and qualifications, a person with disabilities will be given preference. 

To apply for a position please use our online application portal (https://www.dkfz.de/en/stellenangebote/index.php).

We ask for your understanding that we cannot return application documents that are sent to us by post (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Personalabteilung, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg) and that we do not accept applications submitted via email. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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